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Ninety-seven years of editorialfreedom

Vol. XCVII - No. 34
Special to the Daily
DETROIT-Gov. James
Blanchard and Republican candidate
William Lucas squared off yesterday
in the second and final gubernatorial
debate of the 1986 campaign, each
outlining his position on the
critical issues of the race.
In his opening statement to a
crowd of about 3,400, Lucas, the
first, candidate to speak, criticized
Blanchard and Detroit Mayor
Coleman Young for failing to take
effective measures to combat crime.
Quoting reports citing the 5,854
gun-related incidents in Detroit this
year, Lucas compared the number to
other cities saying, "Belfast
Northern, Ireland- no. Beruit,
Lebanon- no. Detroit,
Michigan- yes. Coleman
Young's Detroit, Jim Blanchard',

Copyright 1986, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, October 21, 1986

Twelve Pages



leave S.
DETROIT (AP)-General Motors Corp. will sell
its South African car and truck assembly arm by
year's end in response to, economic and political
difficulties there, GM Chairman Roger Smith said
"GMSA (General Motors South African 'Ld.) has
been losing money for several years in a very difficult
South African business climate and, with the current
structure, we could not see our operations turning
around in the near future," Smith said.
GMSA is a wholly owned subsidiary with annual
sales in the $300 million range and a 60 percent
non-white, 2,800-member workforce. It has assets
worth about $140 million and makes cars by GM's
German and Japanese partners, Adam Opel, Isuzu and
Suzuki, said GM spokesman George Schreck.
GMSA will be sold to- a group headed by the
South African management at its Port Elizabeth car
and truck assembly plant. Smith earlier had said GM
was "struggling desperately" in South Africa because
of the nation's eceonomy and that the company's
sales and market share have dropped substantially in
the past year.
"Our aim is to enable the new owners to start from
a strong position, to continue to provide job
opportunities for the employees and to continue to
serve our customers," Smith said in a prepared
Company spokesman, Ron Theis, said the sale
should be consummated by the end of the year. He
said GM was releasing no information on price or the
individuals in the group expected to purchase the
SMITH said the proposed sale was also a result
of the South African government's slowness in
elimipating apartheid.
"The ongoing economic recession in that country,
along with this lack of progress has made operating
in the South African environment increasingly
difficult," Smith said.
GM has been under pressure externally and
internally to divest its South African interests.
"They (GM) like to avoid resistance by consumers
and investors in the United States to their continued
involvement in South Africa. The decision was
simply helped by the poor market conditions," said
Gary Glaser, an auto industry analyst with First
Boston Corp. in New York.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Blanchard congratulates Republican opponent William Lucas after yesterday's Cobo
Hall debate in Detroit.

Students revive


debate team

The University debate team out-
argued, out-contended, and out-rebutted
59 other teams to win a shiny two-
foot trophy at a national competition
earlier this month, in a strong
showing for a team that University
officials once axed.
The team began in 1892 as the
nation's first, and was funded by the
Speech Department, according to John
Stevens, chairman of the
communications department. But in
1980, when the Journalism and Speech
departments merged into the
Communications Department, the
team was terminated because it was
not. a common interest, of both
departments, Stevens said.

did not want to let the team fade away
and in 1982 current Debate Team
President Jim Speta, an LSA junior,
spent a year trying in vain to convince
University officals to fund the team.
But last fall the University Activities
Center (UAC) agreed to provide
funding. Speta, who is also vice
president of UAC's finance division,
said UAC hopes the team will
someday be self-sufficient, except for
the coaching position, which he hopes
the LSA will fund.
The 20 debate team members are
predominantly freshmen and
sophomores because the team is still
young and expanding. Members are
experienced, however, with an average

of four to six years of high school
debating under their belts before
entering the University.
Debating is not taken lightly.
Coach Steve Mancuso, a graduate
student in economics, said, "Debating
is an extremely challenging academic
activity-more so than an academic
class. Our going against the top
thinkers in the country is very
intellectually challenging."
UNIVERSITY debators compete
in two-person teams against 100
schools nation-wide, including
Harvard University, Dartmouth
University, Emory University, the
University of Kentucky, Vanderbilt
University, and other Big Ten

Preparation for a debate includes 20
to 30 hours of research per week. The
students also write practice arguments,
hold mock debates, and review notes
from past debates.
Although research is hard work,
debators say debating is fun. "Ideas
help a lot in class, and the competitive
side makes you learn a lot. It's fun,"
said Mike Green, an LSA sophomore.
sophomore, said "I like it because it
is competitive, but the actual debate is
more fun than researching."
A different debate topic is assigned
each year to competitions between
U.S. college debate teams,
See DEBATE, Page 5'

Committee: 'U' profs.
earn less than peers

Salaries of tenured professors
remain well behind salaries at the
University's peer institutions,
although salaries of assistant and
associate professors are regaining a
competitive edge according to, a
faculty report.
According to the annual report
by the Committee on the Economic
Status of the Faculty, the average
annual salary for a tenured professor
is 88.4 percent of the average
annual salary for peer schools.
THE AVERAGE salary of
associate professors is 99 percent of

the corresonding salary at peer
schools, and the average salary of
assistant professors isl02.6 percent
of the average at peer schools.
In an effort to recruit associate
and assistant professors, the
University has been steadily raising
their starting salaries over the past
three years to a level competitive to
peer institutions.
The report, presented to the
Faculty Senate Assembly yesterday,
said that raising salaries for new
professors is only a short-term
solution to maintaining
See PROVOST, Page 2

Holtz calls 'U'
flid drop a crime'

di sputes
Tension and aggravation were
expected to dominate this year's
Michigan Student Assembly after
controversy flared during elections
last March, but representatives say
things have settled down and the
assembly is now working well
The election featured a vicious
battle between the Student Rights
Party and the Meadow Party, and
Student Rights members threatened
to sue some Meadow Party
members for allegedly posting their
social security numbers on an
assembly document that linked
Student Rights candidates to a
Marxist organization.
Rights candidates, were not even
members of the Marxist group;
they simply signed a document so
that MSA would recognize the
After the election, assembly
members demanded that president,
elect Kurt Muenchow, the current
MSA president, resign his post
because of his party's campaign
tactics. Muenchow ignored the
"The election was a bad scene
See MSA, Page 5

Speaking before a political
science class, the Republican
challenger for Ann Arbor's state
congressman termed the drop in
state funding for the University "a
Victor Holtz told political
science 300 that in the 14 years
since his opponent Rep. Perry
Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) took office
tuition and fees have quadrupled.
while inflation has only doubled:
Holtz maintained that the
University has not received adequate
funds to maintain equipment. He
also said that increased state funding

would keep both in-state and out-of-
state tuition down.
HOLTZ ALSO discussed
substance abuse. Part of his
concern, he said, stems from having
five children and from what he has
seen in his work at the Ann Arbor
Shelter Association, where he is on
the Board of Directors. At the
shelter Holtz said he has seen
people with Ph.D.s "burnt out"
from drug abuse.
Holtz accused Bullard of taking a
"liberal" attitude toward drugs and
drug abuse. Bullard, Holtz says,
has kept legislation to stiffen
See STATE, Page 5

Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
S trummin'
Carl Wells (right) performs for fellow Ann Arbor resident Pete Maartikainen on the Diag yesterday. Wells,
who calls himself a "rock-blues" guitarist, works at the Brown Jug and is trying to start a band.


Flyer fighting

1960's and 1970's." It goes on to list Baker's and
Pursell's views. It says- accurately- that Baker
belongs to the Latin American Solidarity
Committee, opposes the Strategic Defense
Initiative, tax cuts for the wealthy, and cuts in
social spending, and supports increasing corporate

portrays Pursell as a staunch supporter of President
Reagan's policies, which Baker has opposed. "We
thought of going to Pursell's office and thanking
him for laying (the flyer) out and paying for it,"
Gottlieb said. Cynthia Hudgins, Pursell's
campaign manager in Ann Arbor, said she didn't

HONORARY DEGREES: Opinion praises sub-
stance, rather thin ceremony, of honorary
degrees. See Page 4.
GREENBACKS: Arts reviews The Color of

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